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post #11 of 29
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OK I'll give MSE a shot (would normally never go with Microsoft but it sounds like for this program they do a good job)

Malwarebytes free doesn't support realtime protection. I have been using Ad-Aware free for a while now but nobody has mentioned it yet heheh.. It's probably crappy by now. Do you use the free version of Malwarebytes or the paid version?
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post #12 of 29
Personally, the best free one I've used is Avast.
post #13 of 29
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MSE is recommending that I turn on the Windows Firewall. I have never really bothered with this because I'm not sure if it actually helps? Thoughts / opinions?
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post #14 of 29
Yeah, leave the windows firewall on if you don't have another software one. You're probably behind a router, which will have a good hardware firewall to protect you from external attacks, but the windows firewall will help keep applications on your own computer from malicious things.
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post #15 of 29
i never use win firewall. it seems to interfere a bit with avast. (false positives, etc.)

i would never use anything other than avast.

as far as firewalls go, i use the dns firewall from opendns, and have a firewall between my modem and router
post #16 of 29
Microsoft Security Essentials hands down. It's the least annoying, uses the least resources, and most reviews have found out it has a great record of virus/spyware detection. I know UI is subjective, but I found it to be the easiest to use and the best one on the eyes.

http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/
    
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post #17 of 29
MSE
I've been using since it was released, in many different PCs, works quite well, many "viruses" detected, and no serious problems since
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post #18 of 29
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Oh OK - so do you just use MSE and nothing else?
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post #19 of 29
You should look at independent testing at http://www.av-comparatives.org and http://www.virusbtn.com to see how these programs do against a large sample set of malware. It really depends on your computer use though. I personally like security and keep up to date with things, so I have lots of software on my computer for testing purposes. I'm running Avast antivirus with comodo firewall and HIPS in real time, and I do scans with Malwarebytes, superantispyware, hitman pro, kaspersky AVP, dr. webs cureit, and norton power eraser. Is this all necessary? No, not at all, because I use my computer intelligently. If you download illegal software and pronz all day, you will get infected, no matter what kind of protection you have. There's no end all solution, and its more down to how you use your computer than what AV you have.
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post #20 of 29
Avast !
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